Tag: love of God

Homily for Friday, May 29, 2015

For most, the worst thing to happen is to be forgotten. Think of a children whose parents forget to pick them up. Or how about when a person is forgotten when a relationship comes to an end. It is not a pleasant feeling. It can make us angry, frustrated, sad, depressed.

Homily for Thursday, January 8, 2015

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The checklist of the Messiah. Bring glad tidings to the poor. Proclaim liberty to captives. Recover sight for the blind. Let oppressed go free. Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. These were the very things Jesus told the disciples of John when they came asking if Jesus was the Messiah. And during this Christmas season, it is important for us to focus on the fact that we believe Jesus is the Messiah. He does these things. And more.

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Homily for Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Do you think of yourself as a saint? Do you seek for and strive after holiness? Or is it the case that you struggle to believe that with all you have done, you simply are beyond what God can love? It seems that we find ourselves today either not believing we are sinful, or not believing that even the power of God’s love can save us. Either type of thinking is a failure to know God, and a failure to seek to discover what it is that God requires of us. And a primary purpose of Advent is to get to know the God that seeks to save us.

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Homily for Monday, December 1, 2014

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There can be a tendency, when we refer to people who have died, to simply think of heaven as an improved version of here. It can be seen as the perfect family reunion, or a time when someone has unlimited hours to do the things they loved to do while on earth. And while those provide comforting thoughts, I think it misses the point about how grand is the life that awaits those who are saved in heaven.

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Homily for Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Poor Job. I know that not everyone has experienced the level of his suffering, but to those who have, it is easy to understand the words he speak that come from the deepest part of his being. Throughout this book his words are deep, real, and authentic. Yet in the midst of all of this, Job is able to hang on to his faith, his knowledge that because of his relationship with God he is never alone.

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Homily for Sunday, September 21, 2014

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For the record, I hate this gospel. Ok, that is probably a little strong. I do not hate it, but I do not like it either. That is because on first glance it seems to completely disregard any concept that hard work results in greater success. Does it not seem fair and just that those who work longer hours in the hot sun should get more than those who only worked an hour at the end of the day when the sun was nowhere near as hot?

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Homily for Thursday, August 7, 2014

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There is a growing debate in education today whether or not students should be taught penmanship. For those of you who went to school at least a little while ago, you might remember learning how to write using the Palmer method. For those students who mastered the Palmer method, their handwriting is nothing less than beautiful. It is easy to see what is written, and understand what is meant. But increasingly in the age of technology, where so much is done using a keyboard, there is debate about whether this skill penmanship is still necessary for today.

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Homily for Friday, June 27, 2014 (Sacred Heart)

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Pope Pius XII, in discussing devotion to the Sacred Heart, has this to say: “For these reasons, the Heart of the Incarnate Word is deservedly and rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that threefold love with which the divine Redeemer unceasingly loves His eternal Father and all” human beings. (HAURIETIS AQUAS, ON DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART (1956)

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Homily for Vigil Mass of Saint John the Baptist, June 23, 2014

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Just how well does God know us?  This evening’s first reading reminds us that God’s knowledge and love of us is long and deep.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.”  While these words are addressed to Jeremiah specifically, we can also see them as an important reality in our own lives.  For just as Jeremiah was loved by God from all eternity, so too are we.

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